Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. ~Philippians 2:3-4, NIV
by Toni Birdsong
I saw a tweet this week that inspired this post. It said: “I’m disappointed my Twitter following isn’t growing. My resolution is to work on this in 2011.” I had watched this person. He was a Christian tweeter who had been on Twitter for nearly two years and still didn’t have a clue about community or engagement. I wanted to take him out for coffee and kindly help him out . . . but he wasn’t following me back so I couldn’t send him a Direct Message. Go figure.
So, my friend (and others like you), here’s why people may not enjoy engaging with you on Twitter and tips on how to turn that around:
- You don’t notice other people. It’s all about “my new post,” “my beliefs,” “my thoughts.” Tip: Listen to others, respond to their ideas, post on their blogs. In short: Get over yourself.
- You digitally strut. That’s right. You either strut your position, title, or your all-around awesomeness. Tip: Dial back the “me,” focus on the “we.” (We are the body of Christ).
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
II Corinthians 5:14, NIV
Is it possible for a series of tweets to wreck you? Absolutely.
It was January of 2010 when David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist, released the twitter stream from the earthquake crumbled streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which ultimately altered my life-forever.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. – Philippians 1:9-10, NKJV
Listening is one of the deepest acts of love you can extend to another person.
Few people really listen anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a lost part of our cultural heritage, like playing board games or writing letters. We talk about this topic quite a bit in @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online because it’s a critical part of sharing the gospel (online or off).
by Toni Birdsong
Okay, now that we’ve got your attention: Here are some eye-popping stats that affirm exactly WHY Christians NEED to be speaking into the online conversation . . . and a little humor (in red) to help you stay mission-focused.
Here we go!
1. More than 500 million people are on Facebook.* More than 175 million are on Twitter and YouTube attracts more than 2 billion people a day. This patch of virtual land is prime real estate where our collective psyche now lives. It’s where the enemy finds unlimited joy multiplying lies, division, and confusion—at warp speed. So, just say no: We can’t stop this train and no one is listening anyway. Why not just let the enemy have that whole digital, cyberspace thingy? (Oh, and pass the remote, while you’re at it—The Bachelor is coming on!)